We had a bunch of fun on Wednesday, June 21, for my Art Journaling Marathon and it has took all of Thursday and part of Friday for me to recover. I was barely functional on Thursday, which I found fascinating, when I wasn’t napping or wishing I could nap.
I did not do a good job of keeping track of who was in the hangout with us during the day, but I know that for quite a bit of the day, there were about 10 of us hanging out, though by the end of the day, we were down to a small, but mighty group. I have to give a huge shoutout to Kris Baker who logged in at 8:00am and stayed with me all day long!!! It was a little funny, though, how quickly we were ready to say goodbye when the clock turned to 8:00pm!
I’m so grateful to everyone that donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of my project. As of today, I’ve raised $735! If you were waiting to donate, you still have time to do that!
My stated goal was 26 finished pages. I was working on 9×12 sheets and trying to do double page spreads….and quickly realized that 26 was not going to be possible, so I started aiming for 13, a half marathon, if you will. It was pointed out to me, though, that because I was filling two pages with a spread, that technically I should be counting them as double. Regardless of how you count it, I filled up 14.5 double page spreads, or 28 total pages!! (The half was the final spread I was working on and I ran out of steam. It also took me quite awhile to finish later…)
I put my book together Friday morning — I worked on single sheets of paper with the goal of putting them together with a drum leaf binding. I wanted the flexibility of working on multiple pages and having drying time, and I am glad I did! Early on, I used some acrylic paint and had far too much, so I scraped it over other sheets, and was able to come back and use those later in the day as backgrounds.
I was determined to create art that I would normally create, which meant taking my time. I could have filled a lot more pages faster with other methods, but I’m pleased with what I ended up with.
If you’d like to hear me talk about the pages I made, I filmed a chatty flipthrough!
I also sped it up, so if you want to see it in less than a minute, you can find that on Instagram…
We talked about a bunch of different art supplies and I promised to share the links of what we talked about, as well as information about each of our hosts and their links.
In somewhat random order here are the links we shared during the day, plus a few extra that came up and didn’t get shared, but I had the tabs open on my laptop!
(Some of the links are to Amazon, but are NOT affiliate links. I am not endorsing Amazon, just providing info about the products we used. You can find these supplies at other suppliers, I’m sure).
The Goulet Pen Company — fountain pens and ink and other art supplies
Sakura Gelly Roll Silver Shadow pens (they also have gold shadow pens)
Kuretake Zig Brush Pen (white) — I got the extra fine brush pen
Kiala Givehand (oracle cards) — Instagram
Strawberry watercolor book (5in square — they have other cover options, too)
Kuretake Black Brush Pen (it’s magic to write with) — The one I just got is the No. 24, with the yellow sticker (it’s the extra fine), but I also have a bigger one that’s fun to write with, too.
Kuretake Fountain Brush Pen — takes cartridges
Beam Paint — handmade watercolor paint from Canada
Lost Girl Watercolor — most of my handmade paints are from LGW. She makes lovely collections based on pop culture themes.
Karin Olah — uses fabric in her fine art paintings
Art Journaling the Magic — the group that does the online retreats I mentioned at one point during the day. There’s one more live online retreat in 2023, at the end of August, but all previous retreats are available. Disney and Harry Potter themed workshops!
Get Messy — art journaling community with gobs of resources and classes and a wonderful community.